While Penn State has made a major move with its 2022 recruiting class, it's never too early to start landing elite talent in any class. The No. 1 interior offensive lineman in the 2023 class, Alex Birchmeier, has announced his commitment to the Nittany Lions.
Penn State was the first to offer Birchmeier, doing so back in February of 2020. Offensive line coach Phil Trautwein has quite the eye for talent, as Birchmeier has become one of the elite players in the 2023 class.
The Birchmeier File
- Class: 2023
- Size: 6-5/275 lbs.
- Pos: IOL
- School: Broad Run (Ashburn, VA)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★ (.9872)
- Composite Rank: No. 42 overall (No. 1 IOL)
Birchmeier held offers from some of the country's best programs, including Notre Dame, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Stanford, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Michigan, Oregon, North Carolina, and Florida State, among others. However, this appears to have come down to another close battle between the Lions and the Fighting Irish. Penn State has had good luck in these battles of late, beating out Brian Kelly for the likes of Kaden Saunders, Drew Allar, and Nicholas Singleton in the 2022 recruiting class.
His only reported visit to another school was to Virginia back in the fall of 2019. However, he did visit Penn State first for the open spring practice scrimmage back in April. As soon as the dead period came to an end, he made Penn State a priority, making the trip the first weekend of June.
247Sports' Brian Dohn provided this scouting report on Birchmeier:
Frame length to be an offensive tackle in college but can also be dominant guard. Excels as wrestler. Athletic, physical, punishing run blocker. Feisty and flexible. Plays with attitude. Quick feet and very good at pulling. Can sink hips and win leverage. Strong initial punch. As frame matures and strength is added, could be devastating player on high school level. Expected lower body development will aid in drive blocking. Will continue to develop pass pro skills. Starter at elite level Power 5 school.
Birchmeier is the first member of Penn State's 2023 class, and shoots the Lions up to the fifth-ranked class in the country in the early going.